By Oto-Obong Clement And Deborah Obot
A total of 29 contestants have arrived the Obudu mountain resort to camp for the 2018 edition of the Cross River North Festival pageant.
The pageant tagged; ‘NorthFest Pageant’ was introduced in 2017. And, the Senior Special Assistant on Administration to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr. Noel Ugbong told CrossRiverWatch that the idea behind the pageant is to produce cultural ambassadors for the five local government areas in northern Cross River.
Breaking the figure down, Mr. Ugbong who is the secretary of the pageant sub-committee said that 18 females and 11 males are competing to emerge as King and Queen of NorthFest with a brand new car as star prize. “The consolation prizes include start-up kits like complete sewing machine, hair dressing equipment among others,” Ugbong said, adding that the camp will see the contestants being drilled on catwalk, the dances, survival strategies, the culture and tradition of the people of Northern Cross River.
Explaining the concept behind the festival, he averred that: “NorthFest is a creation of the Governor of Cross River State to harmonise the new yam celebration of the people of Northern Cross River.”
The pageant is slated for Friday, October 26, 2018 and will hold at the Ogoja campus multipurpose hall of the Cross River University of Technology with comedians Daddy Jay and Mc George scheduled to thrill audience. Also, the pageant will feature musical performances from Challex D Boss, Ken Swiff, S-Two, CommyTush, Live T, Young Bone, Ushaino and Teddy Banty.
The winners will be presented on the main NorthFest day.
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